LeFebre sends women's ice hockey to overtime victory over Bowdoin, 2-1

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team skated to a 2-1 overtime victory against Bowdoin College on Saturday afternoon at Sidney J. Watson Arena in a non-league game.

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Sophomore Kathleen LeFebre (Methuen, Mass.) scored the game-winner with 1:26 remaining in the extra period to send the Hawks to victory. The Polar Bears tied things up with 15 seconds left in the third period to force overtime.

The Hawks improve to 9-1-1 overall while Bowdoin falls to 0-6-0 to start the year.

Neither team could find the back of the net in the first period with the Hawks holding a 9-5 edge in shots. After Saint Anselm killed off a penalty with 29 seconds left in the opening period, the Hawks had a great opportunity to take a lead on a pair of shots with four seconds left. However, Polar Bears goaltender Kerri St. Denis denied both shots, sending both teams into intermission with no score.

Saint Anselm put seven shots on goal in the first six and a half minutes of the second period but could not find the back of the net. The Hawks finally got on the scoreboard with 7:31 elapsed in the second period on a goal by junior Kaley Campbell (Colchester, Vt.) on an assist by sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.). Senior goaltender Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.) made seven saves, including three in the final two minutes of the second period to keep the Hawks up by one.

The Polar Bears had an early power play in the final period, firing five shots on net during that span. However, Scavotto stood tall and made all five saves. The Hawks were given a power play opportunity at the 13:29 mark of the third period but could not add to their lead.

Bowdoin was able to even the game with the goaltender pulled in the final 1:19 of regulation. With 15 seconds left, Julia Surgenor scored the equalizer.

The Hawks put the game away with the game-winner in overtime on LeFebre's tally with freshman Amanda Nylander (Hanover, Minn.) and classmate Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) assisting on the play.

Neither team scored on the power play. The Hawks had a slim 37-33 edge in shots on goal. Scavotto made 32 saves in net, 16 of them coming in the third period for Saint Anselm. Her counterpart, St. Denis, had 35 stops.

Saint Anselm returns to Sullivan Arena for a pair of home games to wrap up the 2018 portion of the schedule. The Hawks welcome Franklin Pierce for a New England Women's Hockey Alliance contest on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.